Trey Coury

Class of 2014Trey Coury
Major: B.S. in Chemistry with a Concentration in Materials Science
Minors: Japanese Language and Culture; Global Trade and Commerce Studies
I started working for Epic systems, a computer software company in Madison, WI, a few months after graduation.

Jung-Ho Kim

Jung Ho KimClass of 2013

Major: History Minor(s): Japanese, East Asian Studies
I am currently the Information Technology Support Technician for Forsyth County in Winston-Salem, NC. During my time in this unique position, I have been able to assist in various technology projects including migrating all the agencies’ computing environment to Windows 7, transitioning all the agencies’ application suite from Microsoft Office to Google Apps, and implementing the first ever PCIT (Parent Child Interaction Therapy) treatment IT project in the county. Working as a government agent, especially for the city of my alma mater, allowed me the opportunity to give back to my community and spread the spirit of “Pro Humanitate” to all those in need of governmental services.

Jacob Blackwell

blackwell4Year of graduation: 2013
Majors/minors: Health and Exercise Science / Chinese Language and Culture Double major Chemistry Minor
Briefly describe what you have done since graduation and what you are currently doing: Currently I am a rising second year medical student at Wake Forest School or Medicine. Over the past summer I spent my time in over 20 different cities in China traveling, shadowing doctors, assisting with operations, and studying the health care system of China. As an executive in the WFSoM Global Health Interest Group and the Integrative Medicine Interest Group, I have maintained my academic interests in the language, society, and culture of China while simultaneously studying medicine with the goal of becoming a Cardiologist. In my free time I volunteer at the Reynolda and Wake Forest Sustainability gardens, practice traditional Chinese watercolor painting, study the culinary arts, ferment wine, exercise, and play Erhu.

Meghan Clark

clarkYear of graduation: 2012
Majors/minors: Double major – Chinese Language & Culture, Economics
Briefly describe what you have done since graduation and what you are currently doing: Completed GE’s Financial Management Program. I now work for GE Capital Antares where I am an underwriter for sponsor finance.

Wyatt Allen

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Wyatt Allen
Class of 2011
Major: Biology, Minors: Chemistry and Japanese
After graduating from Wake Forest I worked at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation center for 7 months. After the sea turtle hospital I moved to Rausu 羅臼町 in Hokkaido Japan to teach as an ALT for 2 years. Starting in August 2014 I will be studying law at Rutgers University-Newark School of Law.

James Muench

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Class of 2011
Majors: Business Enterprise & Management / Chinese (with honors) double major
I have been with the Estée Lauder Companies since graduating in a variety of roles: Human Resources, Operations, Marketing and Sales. Currently I am the Account Executive responsible for $14 million of Clinique business in the New York metro area. The Estée Lauder Companies still provide me with weekly private Mandarin lessons so that I can maintain my language skills that I started at Wake Forest.

Kirk Sigmon

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Class of 2010
Double BA, Japanese and English
After graduation, I went to law school, and I now work as an intellectual property litigator for Morrison & Foerster LLP in Washington, D.C.

Kendall Thornton

East Asian Languages, Mandarin
Marketing enterprise tech. Past companies: and MongoDB

Rui Xiang

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Class of 2010
Major: Finance, Minor: Japanese
I have been working within different product groups of investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong offices. Part of my stint in Tokyo included coverage of Trading Companies such as Mitsubishi Corp, Marubeni Corp, Mitsui Bussan, Sumitomo Corp and Itochu. These companies gained incredible social status within the Japan bubble days due to their exposure across many business sectors and were heralded as the source of international knowledge for all of Japan. Although the internet age has changed things, they are still notorious for being the most elite and intense of all Japanese companies. Seeing the work culture and relationships within these firms was an incredible experience. In my spare time, I’ve traveled to quite a few places, picked up tennis and DJing, and am studying for my boat operator license!

Diane Yuen

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Class of 2010
Major: Japanese, Minors: International Studies and Sociology
I taught English in Hokkaido through the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme for 3 years after graduation. I am currently a Master student at Purdue University.

Cynthia Herendeen

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Class of 2009
BS in Biology with a double major in Japanese
After undergraduate school I got my Masters in Management also from Wake, so I’m a Double Deac! Then I went to Japan and spent three amazing years teaching English in Himi in Toyama Prefecture through the JET Program. Now I’m in the BAYADA Home Health Care Associate Leadership Development Program. This program lasts six months and is a rotational training program so I get to work at several different offices before settling in a final location at the end of the six months. Right now I’m in the Raleigh Pediatrics Office and I love helping to find nurses to take care of sick kids so that they can live at home rather than stay in a hospital.

Brian Lincoln

BrianBrian Lincoln
Class of 2009
Majors: Philosophy and Japanese
I stayed at Wake for the M.A. in Management program and graduated in 2010. I moved back to Albuquerque and became a credit analyst at a regional, publicly-traded bank. A change was in order, so I decided to move to Denver where I work today as a credit analyst at a small, privately-held community bank.

John Xenakis

xenakisYear of graduation: 2009
Majors/minors: Finance Major, East Asian Studies (Chinese) Minor
Briefly describe what you have done since graduation and what you are currently doing:

In August of 2009 I moved to Shanghai, China to teach and improve my Chinese. I worked for Scholastic teaching kindergarten at a local school until July 2010. I spent the fall of 2010 – June 2011 teaching in Dalian, China at Dalian University of Technology. During the spring of 2011 I applied and was accepted to attend the International Chinese Language Program (ICLP) in Taipei, Taiwan, starting August 2011.

I arrived in Taiwan and studied there until June 2012. It was an amazing experience. I would highly recommend students spend some time in Taiwan to enrich your Chinese learning experience.

During the summer of 2012 I began a position at CET Academic Programs to be the Assistant Director of their Hangzhou, China program. My responsibilities were vast and encompassed all non-academic elements of the program. This ranged from activity coordination to organizing the program budget. In June 2013 I returned to the US.

In August 2013 I started at The Economist. I began in a Leadership Development Program which was designed to rotate throughout four different positions over the course of two years. My first 6+ months were spent in our Thought Leadership & Custom Content Sales Team. In April I transitioned to the Integrated Marketing team. I recently moved off of the rotational program and will on the Integrated Marketing team full-time.

Tesia Smith

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Class of 2008
Majors: Communications and Japanese
Upon graduation I joined the JET Programme and taught English to elementary and junior high school students in Aomori City, Aomori, Japan. I loved the beauty and culture of this northern prefecture so much that I decided to stay for five years. I returned from Aomori in August 2013 and graduated this spring (2014) from George Washington University with a masters in Tourism Administration with a concentration in Sustainability. I am currently working at Deep Creek 2014 in Western Maryland which is the host production organization for the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships. Over 50 countries will be participating in this whitewater event this September, including Japan!

Stephen G. Collins

StephenStephen G. Collins
Class of 2007
Finance B.S., Japanese Minor
Shortly after graduation I moved to Tokyo to work for Lehman Brothers global real estate team. I currently work for UBS AG Tokyo in electronic Foreign Exchange sales covering Japanese retail aggregators and banks.